Robert "Bob" McKelvey has been in psychiatric practice for 44 years and is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry. Bob is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry and an Accredited member of their Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Bob graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1974, completed his psychiatry residency at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 1977, and his child psychiatry fellowship training at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Western Australia, and Oregon Health and Science University, and directed the Divisions of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at both Baylor and OHSU. Bob is presently Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and in private practice.
Bob's academic interests include cross-cultural psychiatry involving refugee populations from Vietnam, and physicians and nurses coping with the deaths of child patients. He has published numerous peer reviewed articles and three books, “The Dust of Life: America’s Abandonment of Its Children in Vietnam;” A Gift of Barbed Wire: America’s Abandonment of Its Allies in South Vietnam;” and “When a Child Dies: How Pediatric Physicians and Nurses Cope.”
Bob's clinical interests include the assessment of complex child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric problems, psychopharmacology, and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. He has been involved in medical student education for many years, directing courses in child psychiatry and human growth and development, and receiving several student and faculty nominated teaching awards. Bob has extensive experience supervising psychiatry and child psychiatry residents.
Prior to entering medical school, he served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V.